CONTINUING OUR FEATURE SERIES “PROCESS” – A SPOTLIGHT ON PRODUCERS, AND LOOK INTO THEIR CREATIVE APPROACH: OUR SIXTH EDITION FEATURES LOCAL MINNEAPOLIS ARTIST DREAMCASTS. AFTER PREMIERING HIS LATEST SINGLE ON NEST HQ WITH NOXINBOX, WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE PRODUCER FOR AN INTERVIEW BELOW.
Slam Academy: Could you introduce yourself?
Dreamcasts: Hi! My Name is Dreamcasts.
SA: Where are you from?
DC: I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
SA: How did you start making music?
DC: I’ve been playing guitar for around 6 years and I always liked using different pedals to make my guitar sound electronic and abnormal. So one day I bought a midi controller and started making weird sounds with different synths and drums and found I had a lot more control over what everything sounded like. I was always very interested in making songs with full instrumentation and found I could do that with producing electronic music.
SA: Who were some of your major influences growing up? Who are they now?
DC: I have always been heavily influenced by R&B and Pop music growing up. People like Craig David, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. Now I am still influenced by R&B, but I find a lot more inspiration in electronic music artists such as Cashmere Cat, Lido, and Wave Racer.
SA: What does your creative process look like?
DC: Usually I find a sound that I want to use and figure out how I’m going to incorporate it. It could be a drum sample or a synth, but usually it just takes one thing to inspire me to make a song. After I figure out how to use my main sound I will build the song around that.
SA: Have you changed your approach to writing music as you’ve progressed?
DC: Definitely. I used to focus on tweaking one sound until it was perfect and would forget what I was going to do with the rest of the song. Now, I focus more on getting the whole song roughly laid out in front of me with all of the sounds I want to use. Once I get the basic feel and structure of the song, then I will go in and tweak sounds making them sound better all together.
SA: Do you ever feel inhibited by creating music electronically?
DC: Not at all. When I was mainly playing guitar I felt that I could only really make guitar related things. With electronic music, I feel that I can really do anything. Electronic music really allows you to re-create any instrument or sound you can think of. I think it is more freeing than making music with traditional instruments. But, that being said, incorporating traditional instruments into electronic music is pretty cool.
SA: Where do you like to create?
DC: I mostly create in my room. I pretty much have to sit in a quiet room with no distractions so I can really think through my ideas and translate them into Ableton.
SA: What are you working on currently?
DC: I am currently working on mostly original songs right now, and also few official remixes for some of my favorite producers.
SA: Anything we should be on the look out for?
DC: I have an official remix for a very talented producer named Airwav coming out soon and a few original tracks that are in the works to be released soon!